Grosses

'Fury' Leads the Way with $23.7M Debut; 'Gone Girl' Passes $100M Mark after $17.5M Take; 'The Book of Life' Solid in Third with $17.0MOctober 20, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Sony's Fury debuted in first place this weekend with $23.70 million. The David Ayer directed war film starring Brad Pitt opened on the low end of pre-release expectations. Fury opened 8 percent ahead of the $22.00 million debut of Sony's The Monuments Men back in February and 21.5 percent ahead of the $19.50 million start of Sony's Moneyball back in September of 2011. Like both of those films were able to do, Fury will hope to hold up well going forward.

Fury opened with $8.82 million on Friday (which included a relatively large $1.2 million from Thursday night shows), increased 3 percent on Saturday to take in $9.12 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $5.76 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at a somewhat front-loaded 2.69 to 1. The audience breakdown for Fury skewed towards male moviegoers (60 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers over the age of 35 (51 percent). Fury received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

After leading the box office each of the past two weekends, Fox's Gone Girl placed in second this weekend with $17.51 million. The critically acclaimed David Fincher directed film starring Ben Affleck continued to hold up well, as it was down just 34 percent from last weekend. Gone Girl surpassed the $100 million mark this weekend and has now grossed $106.78 million through 17 days of release. Before much longer, Gone Girl will zoom past the $127.51 million final domestic gross of 2008's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to become Fincher's highest grossing film to date (without adjusting for ticket price inflation).

Fellow Fox release The Book of Life followed closely behind in third with a $17.01 million debut. The modestly budgeted computer animated film opened in line with expectations and likely received an added boost from arriving a couple weeks before Halloween and Day of the Dead. The Book of Life opened nearly on par with the recent $17.28 million launch of The Boxtrolls. The Book of Life started out with $4.99 million on Friday, increased 39 percent on Saturday to take in $6.91 million and declined 26 percent on Sunday to gross $5.16 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 3.41 to 1. Like Fury, The Book of Life also received an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore.

Fellow family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day claimed fourth place with $11.46 million. The Disney release starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner fell 38 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid hold, especially given the added competition for family audiences from The Book of Life. Alexander has grossed $36.29 million through ten days of release, which is in line with expectations and represents a healthy performance with the film's modest price tag in mind.

Relativity's The Best of Me rounded out the weekend's top with $10.00 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation starring Michelle Monaghan and James Marsden opened on the low end of its modest expectations. The Best of Me opened softer than most Sparks adaptations, with the film's performance more closely representing the $13.42 million start of 2008's Nights in Rodanthe. The Best of Me opened with $4.13 million on Friday, fell 8 percent on Saturday to take in $3.79 million and fell 45 percent on Sunday to gross $2.08 million. That places the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at just 2.42 to 1. The Best of Me received a solid B+ rating on CinemaScore, which strongly suggests that the film is going over better with moviegoers than it has with critics.

In their second weekend of release, Universal's Dracula Untold and Warner's The Judge claimed sixth and seventh places respectively with $9.99 million and $7.92 million. Dracula Untold was down a sharp 58 percent from last weekend's stronger than expected start, while The Judge was down a solid 40 percent from last weekend's modest debut. Respective ten-day total grosses stand at $40.83 million for Dracula Untold and at $26.82 million for The Judge.

Warner's Annabelle placed in eighth with $7.88 million. The low-budget spin-off to The Conjuring was down a respectable 50 percent and has grossed a stronger than expected $74.08 million in 17 days. Annabelle will face new direct competition next weekend when Universal unleashes Ouija in theaters on Friday.

On the platform front, the critically acclaimed Birdman was off to a terrific start with $424,397 from 4 locations in New York and Los Angeles. The Alejandro González Iñárritu directed film starring Michael Keaton from Fox Searchlight and New Regency generated a massive per-location average of $106,099 for the frame. Birdman will receive a major expansion next weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Oct. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$5,338,032-20%3,575--$1,493$73,788,7391Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$814,646-23%4,0010$204$62,854,7242Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$623,545-25%3,026--$206$9,838,4221Fox
4Prisoners$468,398-23%3,236-54$145$49,497,4053Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$418,427-19%2,4220$173$17,417,3132Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$404,025-19%2,30811$175$19,444,9093Universal
7Baggage Claim$244,005-21%2,0303$120$15,967,9862Fox Searchlight
8Insidious Chapter 2$233,340-16%2,607-513$90$75,548,7554FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$141,458-21%2,023-871$70$35,099,0714Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$124,386-17%1,606-799$77$145,301,5209Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,597-15%1,563-499$79$112,797,0148Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$214,621-4%437210$491$6,049,4623Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$109,125-29%387--$282$2,867,0941Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$94,628-21%858-90$110$41,585,7856Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$56,6263%589284$96$2,906,5872Picturehouse
5Grace Unplugged$53,674-9%511--$105$1,168,7831Roadside Attractions
6Riddick$47,710-14%795-1031$60$41,354,7305Universal
7Battle of the Year$33,125-38%907-1101$37$8,610,7703Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$29,933-18%513-494$58$66,082,8639Fox
9Despicable Me 2$26,675-15%485-263$55$362,522,91014Universal
10The Wolverine$17,412-16%241-88$72$131,646,97111Fox
11Planes$16,072-9%376-1050$43$88,187,7559Disney
12Besharam$15,857-57%2170$73$551,8851Reliance Entertainment
13Red 2$15,563-13%20393$77$53,093,04712Lionsgate / Summit
142 Guns$14,985-17%200-203$75$75,292,54510Universal
15The Wizard of Oz 3D$14,0953%246-59$57$5,447,8523Warner Bros.
16Turbo$13,817-18%222-60$62$82,266,43712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Heat$10,974-17%182-69$60$159,172,09915Fox
18The Conjuring$10,122-8%202-136$50$137,194,82112Warner Bros. / New Line
19The World's End$7,324-22%131-150$56$25,862,6837Focus
20The Way, Way Back$2,319-23%131-27$18$21,399,38214Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$6,843-1%78-43$88$2,727,8029Roadside Attractions
2Linsanity$5,7962%9--$644$116,7231Ketchup Entertainment
3Haute Cuisine$5,3487%6046$89$121,5443Weinstein Company
4Pacific Rim$5,048-13%92-48$55$101,745,10413Warner Bros.
5The Spectacular Now$3,651-33%58-84$63$6,753,99110A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,604-11%65-186$55$1,021,5893Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$3,071-11%7634$40$16,058,67013Weinstein Company
8Populaire$2,56417%5834$44$158,8595Weinstein Company
9Salinger$2,5035%21-113$119$563,7645Weinstein Company
10World War Z$2,415-4%75-85$32$202,356,82316Paramount
11The Grandmaster$2,051-33%35-108$59$6,574,8537Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,53418%86$192$29,8992eOne Films US
13You're Next$612-35%45-67$14$18,428,9237Lionsgate
14The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$481--10$481$16,8602Rialto Pictures
15C.O.G.$4184%4-5$105$54,6943Screen Media / Focus World
16Stories We Tell$37187%2-2$186$1,599,91322Roadside Attractions
17Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3613%6-2$60$4,328,52718Roadside Attractions
18The Ultimate Life$348-7%9-38$39$1,327,1495High Top Releasing
19The Last Day of August$22126%1--$221$2,3361Striped Entertainment